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Bear map: Take a look at the hourly pings over a short period last week

Check out the map provided by Hanover Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hinsley below, showing hourly intervals of where the tagged Hanover bear was roaming over a short period (Monday through Wednesday) last week.

Source: Michael Hinsley, Town of Hanover.

And here’s a little interactive version I just mocked up showing ROUGH GENERAL AREAS of those hourly pings (in yellow) so that you can see them set against landmarks (in blue).

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It’s flamingo migration season in the Upper Valley


Route 113 in West Fairlee, near Westshire Elementary School. (Photo by Ernie Kohlsaat)

In case you’re not familiar, these flocks-o-flamingos often show up on people’s yards during fundraising efforts.

Typically when the flock shows up, they come with a “ransom note” telling folks how to pay to get them away.

There’s such an effort going on right now to raise $$$ for Samuel Morey Elementary School sixth-graders’ class trip, so I imagine that’s where these pretty birds came from!

Vermont bobcat rollin’ all around is very cute, also highlights important science stuff

A bobcat caught on a game camera in Brandon, Vt. (Courtesy Vermont Fish & Wildlife.)

Vermont Fish & Wildlife sent out a series of photographs showing a bobcat caught on a game camera in the Rutland County town of Brandon, Vt., possibly trying to get a little back scritch-scratch or else just rolling around for the heck of it, bc tbh when you’re a bobcat, why not?

The point of the cameras was to learn more about wildlife pathways, how to improve road crossings, etc., (which is a topic Matt Hongoltz-Hetling wrote about just a few days ago).

But, obviously, I stitched them together to into a little GIF which you can share from the Valley News GIPHY account (yes, that’s a thing that exists).

Here’s the news release from Fish & Wildlife: 

This bobcat was caught in a series of photos on a game camera set up under a bridge in Brandon, Vermont.  The cameras are put out as part of a collaborative partnership between Vermont Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, and VTrans to better understand wildlife movement around road crossing structures.


“This bobcat passing under the road highlights the fact that wildlife are always on the move,” said John Austin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s lands and habitat program manager.  “They need to travel across the landscape to find food or water, to search for mates, or to find places to den or raise their young. Maintaining healthy and connected habitats is one of the most important things we can do to help wildlife continue to thrive in Vermont.”


Information learned through this collaborative partnership has allowed VTrans to modify the design of bridges, culverts, and overpasses to permit improved movement of fish and wildlife, while also making these crossings safer for drivers on the road.  Additionally, these modifications often help these structures to become more resilient to flooding events.


“We have thousands of photos of wildlife using these structures to safely move from one side of the road to the other, including shots of moose, bear, and deer, as well as several other bobcat photos. But rarely do we get such a fascinating glimpse into the behavior of an animal as it’s passing in front of the camera,” said Austin.


Improving road crossings is one part of a larger effort of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to use science to sustain healthy habitats for wildlife across the state, referred to as Vermont Conservation Design. Other aspects of Vermont Conservation Design help protect Vermont’s forests from over-development, maintain clean air and water, and support the social and economic benefits of the state’s healthy fish and wildlife.

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N.H. officials: Please everybody stop touching the fawns

Photo courtesy N.H. Fish and Game.

A news release from N.H. Fish and Game:

Leave Fawns and Other Young Wildlife Alone


Wildlife has begun giving birth around the state, with the majority of deer fawns in New Hampshire being born in May and June. Each spring, many New Hampshire residents see young wildlife by themselves and fear the worst. Has the mother died? Has she abandoned her baby? The answer in most cases is NO. The mother is likely not far off, waiting to return to feed her newborn.


Unfortunately, well-intentioned, but misguided, individuals see young alone, assume they are abandoned, and take them in to “help” them. Most of the time, they are removing the young from the care of its mother, who was waiting to return. The best chance a young wild animal has to survive is in its natural environment under the care of its mother.

Read the full release, including what to do if you really super totally think a fawn has been abandoned and is endangered, here. (Hint: You still don’t touch the fawn.)

No touchy!